Sunday, June 22, 2014

Death of the Imagination



What I fear most, I think, is the death of the imagination.  When the sky outside is merely pink, and the rooftops merely black: that photographic mind which paradoxically tells the truth, but the worthless truth, about the world.

S Y L V I A  P L A T H 

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Bargains for your Kindle (Part Two)



If you’re anything like me, you will be assiduously avoiding a certain football tournament for the next couple of weeks, and in need of some excellent reads to keep you occupied!  I have scoured the web for the best deals for Kindle reads at the moment (if you come across any – please feel free to share them in the comments) but apologies in advance if you find this post in the future and they’re no longer bargains.  So, fellow football avoiders, here’s some of the best I came across:


The Lemon Grove is tipped to be this summer's to-read novel; so get in before the rush and grab yourself a bargain!  Set on the rugged, mountainous west coast of Mallorca, this taut, sultry, brilliantly paced novel is an urgent meditation on female desire, the vicissitudes of marriage and the allure of youth. 

Life After Life -- £2.50

Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, Kate Atkinson finds warmth even in life's bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. Here she is at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.



Before being Alan Sugar’s aide on The Apprentice and VC of West Ham United, Karren Brady started out, at 18 years old, at Saatchi & Saatchi and hasn't really stopped taking the business world by storm since.  Strong Woman tells how she balances her personal and professional life; Brady shares how a routine scan revealed that she had a brain aneurysm requiring an immediate and life-threatening operation, and how this has massively influenced her outlook on life and priorities.




One positive to come from a beloved author passing away is everyone reminsicing on how much they love their work.  Maya Angelou's passing was no different: the world was talking about this remarkable woman and her astounding way with words.    On her work, Angelou said: 'I write about being a Black American woman, however, I am always talking about what it's like to be a human being. This is how we are, what makes us laugh, and this is how we fall and how we somehow, amazingly, stand up again'.  If you haven't already, you should almost definitely read this.



From developing his first crush, terrible dates,  to true love – as well as offering his unique advice on how to stay sane in the crazy world of love – Ollie, star of Made in Chelsea is laying it bare. Witty, surprising, touching, downright hilarious and always honest, Laid in Chelsea is an exclusive insight into the mind of the modern man, and a backstage pass to the secret world of Chelsea.  It promises to be a hilarious and light read - perfect for when you're on the beach or just want something relaxing to unwind and entertain you!


For the newly discovered John Green fans wanting some more of his fantastic writing after The Fault in Our Stars comes one of his earlier works.  One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, teenager Will Grayson crosses paths with . . . Will Grayson! Two teens with the same name who run in two very different circles suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions. Culminating in epic turns-of-heart on both of their parts, they team up to produce the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high-school stage.  Told in alternating voices from two award-winning, popular names in young-adult fiction - John Green (author of The Fault in Our Stars) and David Levithan (author of Boy Meets Boy) - this unique collaborative novel features a double helping of the heart and humour that has won both authors legions of fans.
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Thursday, June 12, 2014

It by Alexa Chung







It's not often that I include a lot of photographs alongside a book review but Alexa Chung's It necessitated a few snaps.  It is a beautiful book to behold: a collection of Chung's own photography, words in beautiful type set, alongside hand-drawn pictures.  Chung details the best way to take a 'selfie', how very little time she has to spend on perfecting her make-up, and elements from her childhood.  It is a how-to guide to being cool written by the quintessential queen of cool and as such it goes without saying that this is vital reading for an Alexa Chung fan but I would add that if you get a chance, even if you're not a fan of hers, this book has a beauty about it which would be a shame to miss.  I am inclined to think that there isn't that much substance to it for non-Alexa fans but on practically every page there is something to catch your eye: a photo, doodle, or quote which makes this book stand out from other celebrity autobiographies.  
It is being released in paperback form on August 7th
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